“I began to realise when I was pregnant that there was parts of my life that didn’t seem real, the memories I was starting to have totally conflicted me. I have since come to the realisation that my memories were true and that I needed to be able to make sense of them.”
Kelly is a survivor of sexual abuse and has been supported by Talk Now, one of 26 organisations sharing in £7.1 million. Ten of these grants are being awarded under our Improving Lives fund, designed to support people, like Kelly, facing challenging circumstances to overcome difficulties and become more resilient.
Kelly said: “Before I found Talk Now I was at a complete loss, and thought there was no help out there for me, nowhere for me to feel safe. I have attended several different organisations, where there was always a time limit and I never seemed to feel complete. Since I have been coming to Talk Now, help, support and advice is always available 24/7, I don’t feel that I will reach a certain point and everything will stop, without this knowledge and security, I can’t imagine where I would be in life. I am in a very stable marriage and our child is at University, my whole life has and continues to change with all that Talk Now do.”
Patricia Mair, Founder of Talk Now welcomed the organisation’s £90,000 award: “Talk Now is dedicated to helping both males and females, who were sexually abused as children, and their families. The money we have received from the Big Lottery Fund will help us to expand our organisation and provide counselling to survivors and their families. Our core ambition is to enable survivors to live their lives to the full, to eliminate the debilitating effects of sexual abuse.”
Kelly has already benefited greatly from the support Talk Now offer and thanks to Lottery funding will continue to do so. She said: “With the help of Talk Now I have a sense of who I am, can hold my head up in society and feel that I do exist. Not only am I so much stronger but my family is as well, I will never be able to thank Pat and her team enough for all that they do.”